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If you are pregnant, and like 85 percent of pregnant women, you may start to experience morning sickness around week six. Symptoms typically include mild to severe nausea and vomiting up to several times a day and usually subside around week 14-16 of pregnancy.

The good news – some factors are avoidable.

Iron supplements can aggravate the symptoms of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and as the majority of prenatal supplements contain iron, many women suffer unnecessarily.

The following tips will help alleviate unpleasant symptoms;

  • Iron supplementation is essential later on in pregnancy due to the increase in blood volume. However, in the first-trimester, iron supplementation is usually unnecessary, especially if a woman has followed a preconception care plan and boosted her iron stores prior to conception. NaturoBest Prenatal Trimester One with Ginger was specifically formulated for the first trimester and doesn’t contain any iron.
  • Eat frequently, preferably every 2 hours – snack on almonds and other nuts to stabilise blood sugar.  Eat foods high in chromium such as apples, raisins, nuts and cheese.
  • Enjoy a snack high in protein or yoghurt just before bedtime to help prevent blood sugar from dipping too low overnight.
  • Keep some crackers or ginger biscuits next to your bed to eat before getting up in the morning.
  • There are several nutrients that help maintain healthy blood sugar levels including chromium, biotin and alpha lipoic acid.
  • Ginger is a traditional remedy for morning sickness and has been shown in several studies to be effective at a dose of at least 1000mg daily.  Due to its blood-thinning activity, check with your health professional before taking with blood thinning medication such as aspirin, fish oils and CoQ10.

For more information on morning sickness relief, visit naturobest.com.

Nikki Warren, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist

Nikki is a degree qualified Naturopath and Medical Herbalist as well as an experienced Fertility Naturopath. Nikki designed NaturoBest out of her desire to provide high quality prenatal supplements that she is proud to call her own. NaturoBest is a unique range that changes as your requirements evolve according to your trimester.